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THE POET'S CALENDAR: JANUARY, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Janus am I; oldest of potentates
Last Line: My fires light up the hearths and hearts of men.
Subject(s): January


Janus am I; oldest of potentates;
Forward I look, and backward, and below
I count, as god of avenues and gates,
The years that through my portals come and go.
I block the roads, and drift the fields with snow;
I chase the wild-fowl from the frozen fen;
My frosts congeal the rivers in their flow,
My fires light up the hearths and hearts of men.






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